The Catalina Film Institute Grant was created to help get artists’ and/or filmmakers’ IMAGINATIONs to a DESTINATION.  Filmmakers need partners to make ambitious and imaginative projects, so Catalina Film Institute chose to live up to its IMAGINATION – EDUCATION – DESTINATION motto and help put fuel into our filmmakers’ gas tanks. The application is a way to help us determine which artists are ready to take the journey. The information below will help clarify what we ask on the application, why we ask these questions, and how we evaluate the answers we receive.

Beginning in 2020, artists and/or filmmakers will submit one full application, from February 7th to March 31st, with a complete budget and any work samples to show how you’ve made past visions come to fruition on your own. This is a competitive process, and as artistic expression goes, no project is right or wrong for this grant application.

For CFI’s 10th Anniversary in 2020, we will grant 10 awards valued at $1000 to $20,000 to 10 proposed projects.   This award value could be monetary, non-monetary, or mixture of both based upon your application needs for a Short or Feature length project. As we decide how to best distribute those 10 awards, your project is eligible to receive an award valued no less than $1000, and up to $20,000, from Full-Access VIP Filmmaker Event Passes to attend industry workshops, talk with industry leaders, and network with your project at all our Catalina Film Festival events, private parties, and/or an invitation to pitch this project in front of our Lions’ Den® accredited financial investors, hands-on personal mentorship from our Hollywood professionals,  and/or up to $10,000 in monetary funds simply to help you complete your project and see your vision come to life. Our non-monetary awards inclusive of hands-on mentorships, pitch panels, industry workshops and VIP access to our annual film festival are valued up to $10,000, so if your project is granted the maximum $10,000 monetary award and the maximum non-monetary $10,000 value award, your total award could be valued at $20,000. We are open to supporting any creative film endeavor, but please look at our preferences below on the types of projects we’d like to support.  We do not have restrictions on what type of film project can apply (IE. Documentary, Scripted, Drama, Student, Comedy, Short, Feature, etc…), and it can be in any pre-production, production, or post-production phase(s) of development, and/or just looking for support with film festival submissions as a completed project. We are just interested in supporting great filmmakers and their visions.

The grant application for the Catalina Film Institute is open to all film artists in all disciplines February 7- March 31st, 2020. Projects we connect with will start to be evaluated and chosen for one of our 10 awards within and after the open submission time period (with all final decisions by May 1st, 2020), so don’t hesitate to submit!

Who is eligible for a Catalina Film Institute Grant?

An artist and/or filmmaker must be:

• At least 18 years old

• A working artist with at least five years of professional experience

• A U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident

An artist and/or filmmaker cannot be:

• An institution (If you are an artist who is a principal in a 501(c)3 organization, you should apply as an individual artist. If you are selected for funding, the awarded grant may be made payable to you through your organization.)

A current employee, consultant, board member or major funder of Catalina Film Institute

An applicant or collaborator on more than one proposed project

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Provide a short bio and explain your creative process as a filmmaker. If you have collaborators, please include short bios for your collaborators as an additional page in your resume upload.
We will consider submissions from all U.S. residents, but our current grant preference is geared towards California filmmakers and residents that we can more easily develop a hands-on mentorship and relationship with.
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About Your Project

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Proof of Eligibility Accepted: US Passport, US Birth Certificate, US Naturalization Certificate, or US Permanent Resident Card. JPG or PDF files only please.
IE: genre, subject matter, and/or type of project.
You can pick more than one option. Please make sure the amount you will be asking for is appropriate for the size, scope, and/or stage(s) of production you're applying for.
This would be the projected date that a fully completed project would be viewed with or without our funding, not an unfinished project you would only be showing people for feedback. We want to know you're mentally focused on, and committed to, finishing your project with or without our awarded grant.
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Please put a value of "0" if nothing has been raised to date. Acknowledging that you've raised funds does not lessen your chances for this grant, but rather shows us that your project is closer to completion if our award is able to help get you there sooner.
It's OK to add more than one reference. Each reference should include individual or institution partner's name, best phone number, email, address, and relationship to yourself and the your project.
This can be a website for the project or any other site that can highlight your current and/or past work. Any additional sites, or links to past work can also be added to the resume that you upload or in the additional notes below.
You can give a short personal note here, but please know we will be looking at your project proposed through our above questions. Any additional websites or your past film-work related links can be added here to show us.

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